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Adromischus caryophyllaceus


Scientific Name

Adromischus caryophyllaceus (Burm.f.) Lem.

Common Names

In Afrikaans commonly known as Nentabossie (Little Nenta Bush).


Cotyledon caryophyllacea (basionym), Adromischus bolusii, Adromischus grandiflorus, Adromischus jasminiflorus, Cotyledon bolusii, Cotyledon jasminiflora

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Kalanchoeae
Genus: Adromischus


Adromischus caryophyllaceus is a perennial, multi-stemmed succulent plant, growing up to 14 inches (35 cm) when in flower. Its branches may be erect or decumbent. The leaves are succulent, pale blue-green or grey-green to yellow-green, up to 1.2 inches (3.5 cm) long and up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) wide. Maroon coloring is often found close to the upper parts of leaf margins. The tubular flowers of up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) in length open into five-lobed corollas. The corolla has bright pink or purple lines down the center of each lobe into the throat.

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How to Grow and Care

Many species are easy to grow in any free-draining gritty compost. Their compact habit allows a collection to be maintained in a small space and they grow well on any sunny window ledge or the top shelf of the greenhouse. Water mostly in spring/autumn and let them dry out between waterings. Adromischus tolerate cool, frost-free conditions during the winter if kept dry. It is as well to keep water off the foliage during the winter. Mealy bugs and vine weevils can be discouraged with a systemic insecticide. Frost hardy to 19 °F (-7 °C).

Many species can be propagated from a single leaf, which should be placed against the side of the pot so that the stem end is just touching the compost. Some species drop their leaves easily and although each leaf will form a new plant it can be a challenge to grow a large specimen. In other cases, leaves for propagation must be carefully detached with a sharp knife.. – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Adromischus.


Native to South Africa (Western Cape from Hermanus and Worcester, the southern Cape coastal area and the Little Karoo to about Uniondale).


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